Georgia CORE leads statewide advocacy efforts to promote equity in cancer care, funding and policy. Here are our 2021 legislative priorities we are putting before the Georgia General Assembly:
Restoration of the $300,000 reduction to Georgia CORE in the Amended FY21 and FY22 Budgets. Georgia CORE is funded in part by an allocation to DPH’s Adolescent and Adult Health Promotion program. During the 2020 Legislative Session, the funding to Georgia CORE was cut by $300,000—a 30% reduction when the average reduction to State agencies and programs was only 10% (see Line 3673 of HB 793). This reduction threatens our ability to provide for screenings, reduce disparities, attract national grants and programs, increase survivorship rates, and educate Georgians about cancer, and we respectfully request it be restored.
Design refresh of Georgia’s Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate and establishment of the All Cancer License Plate. In 2002, the General Assembly created Georgia’s Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate, and Georgia CORE and the State Office of Rural Health have jointly administered the proceeds since 2013 to provide screening, education and treatment to underserved Georgians. Results from the program have been significant and have increased access to much needed services across our state.
The original tag design has been widely adopted, but we believe a refreshed design will drive new sales and increased funds to provide grants to regional cancer coalitions and other partners so that we can provide services in every county.
Additionally, Georgia CORE believes there is substantial demand among the cancer survivor and supporter communities for a license plate that promotes elimination of all cancer. We welcome and encourage the establishment of an All Cancer License Plate, and we stand ready to help promote it among the public and identify appropriate grantees who can advance our fight against all cancer in Georgia.
Designation of additional Tobacco Settlement Funds for cancer care and research. In 1998, Georgia entered into a settlement agreement with tobacco manufacturers that provided for annual payments to the State in perpetuity, the intent of which was to help states address and prevent the harmful health effects of tobacco use. In 2001, Georgia dedicated 27% of its tobacco settlement funds to cancer-specific activities. In 2019, Georgia dedicated only 9% to cancer-specific activities. We respectfully request that more of these funds be designated for screening Georgians for lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, and cervical cancer.
You can download here a printable one-pager with this information and more to carry to your state legislator. Thank you for joining us in this important work!
Last Updated: 1/21/2021 6:45:08 AM